Triple Threat sees Tony Jaa, Tiger Chen and Iko Uwais take on Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White and Michael Bisping…
The long awaited Triple Threat has just started shooting in Thailand.
The film tells of a billionaires daughter on the run from a murderous cartel. She enlists three martial artists to protect her and seek revenge on the cartel… The three martial arts heroes are Ong Bak hero Tony Jaa – most recently seen in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage – former Yuen Woo-ping protege and star of Man of Tai Chi Tiger Chen, and Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais (star of The Raid series). Pitted against them are the diabolical trinity of Scott Adkins (Undisputed & Ninja franchise), Black Dynamite himself Michael Jai White and UFC legend Michael Bisping (Strike Back, XXX: Return of Xander Cage). Arrow‘s Celina Jade (soon to be seen in Wolf Warrior 2), Jeeja Yanin (Chocolate, Half Worlds S2) and Pitfighter‘s Dominique Vandenberg round out the cast.
Jaa – who just dropped his first single Groundbreaking which sees the Ong Bak star singing and dancing while still throwing in the occasional jumping elbow – will next be seen in Wilson Yip’s Paradox alongside Louis Koo, and has a couple of potential projects in development with Jason Statham that include High Value Target (described as Die Hard on a ship) and a new China financed Buddy Cop movie which was just announced.
Uwais just wrapped The Night Comes for Us with the Headshot team, and will soon be seen in Beyond Skyline battling aliens alongside Frank Grillo. He will be seen in Mario Kassar’s Foxtrot Six which, as we reported, looks set to be the Indonesian Expendables movie that the seemingly abandoned Garuda 7 wanted to be. Chen’s most recent project was the time jumping Kung Fu Traveler.
Adkins arrives on set fresh from the set of the sci fi thriller Incoming. Of his two previous projects with Johnson… the Vietnam set Savage Dog is set for release and the unconventional superhero thriller Accident Man is currently in post-production. Michael Jai White will soon be seen alongside Adkins in Accident Man, Bisping will be seen in the Twin Peaks series and the upcoming Den of Thieves.
The film is being produced by SC Films International, Arclight Films and Shanghai Aurora Alliance with Mike Selby, Mike Gabrawy, Gary Hamilton, Elliot Tong, Ying Ye and Chen serving as producers. The fight and action sequences are being choreographed by Eliminators and Accident Man‘s Tim Man, along with Kazu Neda and Newik Chase from Seng Stunts.
The man behind the camera, directing proceedings is Jesse V Johnson ( The Butcher, Pit Fighter) who previously shot in Thailand for The 5th Commandment. Johnson was born into the film industry working for two of his uncles, stunt legends Vic and Andy Armstrong on such projects as Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Charlies Angels and War of the Worlds. Johnson has shown he can handle the action and the drama on such projects as Charlie Valentine, The Beautiful Ones, The Package and most recently on those highly anticipated Savage Dog and Accident Manprojects. The script for the film is by Joey O’Bryan who wrote the scripts for Johnnie To’s Fulltime Killer and Soi Chean’s Motorway.
Triple Threat has taken a while to come together, with the original incarnation of the project that was announced with Chad Stehleski at the helm telling a very different story that would have taken place in Mexico. But for various reasons that version of the film wasn’t to be, and has evolved into a very different project. But we’re very excited about a production that still brings together a very impressive team both in-front and behind the camera…